An Empirical Study of Logistics Organization, Electronic Linkage, and Performance
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Successful participation in the global marketplace demands careful coordination and integration of a firms logistics activities, which can be enhanced by electronic linkage. Electronic linkage is accomplished through electronic data interchange EDI, the computer-to-computer exchange of standard business documentation in machine processable form. Previously cited benefits of EDI in domestic applications include increased data accuracy, reduced document preparation and handling costs, reduced inventory costs and higher inventory turnover rates, reduced lead times, better information management, more efficient utilization of transportation resources, and improved quality management. Researchers have proposed an information technology IT implementation model for categorizing research into IT implementation. Previous empirical research has also suggested a typology for classifying the logistics operations of firms based on their logistics productivity measurement and improvement programs. The present study also uses this logistics typology to classify a firms logistics organization. This project examined the relationships among the degree of EDI implementation, stage of logistics organization, relative logistics and overall performance, and competitive advantage, as well as the effects of several management initiatives.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Computer Systems